A new online video released today from the creators and producers of Funny Or Die kicks off a week of action to urge Congress to act and pass real financial reform.
The video was created in association with Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of more than 200 national, state and local consumer, labor, investor, civil rights, community, small business and senior citizen organizations, to urge Congress to act now on Financial Reform and to make sure the cornerstone or real reform, a strong and independent consumer agency, is included in any final bill.
The video, which was directed by Ron Howard and written by Adam McKay and Al Jean, was shot in Van Nuys, California Sunday. It brings together all the actors who portrayed “Presidents” on “Saturday Night Live,” including Will Ferrell (George W. Bush), Fred Armisen (Barack Obama), Darrell Hammond (Bill Clinton), Chevy Chase (Gerald Ford), Dan Aykroyd (Jimmy Carter), and Dana Carvey (George H. W. Bush).
“To see all these fake Presidents together at once in a fake White House Bedroom with fake wigs was very fake inspiring,” said Adam McKay, co-founder of Funny Or Die and co-writer of the video.
The video kicks off a national week of action launched by the Americans for Financial Reform that will include massive call-in days throughout the week to Congress to urge real financial reform including a strong and independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
In addition to the “Presidential Reunion” video Funny and Die is working on additional videos to be released soon to urge Congress to act and pass financial reform.
Heather Booth, Executive Director of Americans for Financial Reform:
“For months, the Big Banks and their army of high priced lobbyists have been swarming Capitol Hill looking to either kill or weaken real reform – including a strong and independent agency focused on standing up for consumers. We are thrilled the folks at Funny or Die, and their friends in Hollywood, are joining this fight. The Big Banks have had their say in Washington for long enough. It is time for Congress to listen to the American people and pass real financial reform, including a strong and independent CFPA, to ensure the Big Banks can not lead our economy over a cliff again.”
Funny Or Die, www.funnyordiecom, is an award-winning website that has become one of the top destinations for comedy on the web. The site averages over 7 million unique users per month and over 22 million video views per month. With hundreds of exclusive celebrity videos and a steady stream of huge viral hits, Funny Or Die has become the “place to be seen” for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix. Funny Or Die’s founders are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Judd Apatow is also a principal partner in Funny Or Die.